|WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING NETWORKING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES|
|American Association of University Women|
14 East 9th Street
The American Association of University Women is a national organization of men and women who hold associate degrees or higher from United States or foreign colleges and universities. The AAUW mission is equity for women and girls, and AAUW works toward that goal through research, education, advocacy, and philanthropy. The Frederick Branch membership includes scientists, teachers, professionals, and people in all kinds of academic, business, and entrepreneurial pursuits. They support national objectives, including providing fellowships, grants, and legal advocacy. They also support Project Forward Step at Frederick Community College through their annual Afternoon Tea. AAUW offers opportunities for local service and intellectual stimulation. The following members are happy to talk with anyone interested in AAUW and its programs: Mary Anne Williams (301-662-7837) and Beverly Hughes (301-662-5057).
|Frederick Business and Professional Women’s Club|
P.O. Box 1045
The Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW/MD), founded in 1929, is affiliated with BPW Foundation and with BPW local organizations throughout the State. The Maryland Federation is a not-for profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, self-governing and member supported organization. The membership is diverse with administrators, teachers, business owners, secretaries, and many other professionals. Members are women and men of every age, race, religion, political party, and socio-economic background. Throughout the years, three major issues have shaped BPW/USA’s legislative agenda: elimination of gender discrimination in employment, the principle of equal pay, and the need for a comprehensive equal rights amendment.
|Frederick Community College|
Office of Adult Services
Woman to Woman Mentoring Program
7932 Opossumtown Pike
As part of the Women’s Center, the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program is open to all women in Frederick County, ages 18-35, who desire a mentor. Mentees are matched with a mentor to work on career, educational, and personal goals. See index for a complete listing of Office of Adult Services, Frederick Community College programs.
|Frederick County Commission for Women|
The Frederick County Commission for Women (FCCFW) is a voluntary appointed commission that serves to act as a central agency for the collection and referral of activities and services for women and families; to actively work to remove inequities against women due to discrimination; to support and encourage programs of benefit to women and families; to promote continuing equal opportunities in education, employment, and health care; to encourage educational and job training for women; to promote public awareness of the needs of women and families; to promote a positive image of women by recognizing their accomplishments; to maintain a network to promote women’s voices in Frederick County; and to encourage qualified women to seek appointive and elective office. The Commission for Women is a non-partisan organization.
The Commission encourages proactive involvement within the community. Regular monthly meetings, held the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Winchester Hall at 7:00p.m., are open to the public. The Commission does not meet in July.
|Frederick Woman’s Civic Club|
368 West Patrick Street (Steiner House)
A non-profit organization that hopes to unite the women of Frederick County and vicinity for the purpose of mutual benefit, and the promotion of their common interest in education, civic, social, and moral affairs for the good of the individual and community. After the Mardi Gras Ball each year, Frederick Woman’s Civic Club (FWCC) gives individual scholarships, a scholarship to a woman returning to college, and provides funding for other non-profit organizations per request depending on their funds. FWCC is always looking for new members for either the monthly day meeting or monthly evening meeting.
|International Moms Club|
International Moms Club is a support group for the at-home mother. They offer several chapters in Frederick County. Visit their website to find a chapter near you.
|League of Women Voters of Frederick County|
8222 Glendale Drive
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Any person of voting age, male or female, may become a League member.
The League of Women Voters is a grass roots organization with executive boards at the national, state, and local levels. When one joins a local league, he or she automatically becomes a member of the state and national organizations. The Frederick County League of Women Voters has been active in local government for over 50 years. Local issues of particular interest include county government, education, and quality of life in Frederick County.
|Middletown Moms at Home|
P.O. Box 33
Middletown Moms at Home is a local support group designed for moms who stay at home with their children. It is open to all members who live in Frederick County and beyond. The club is open to members of any denomination and designed for parents who stay at home with their children. The club offers planned activities all month long, including Mocha Moms, Park Days, play groups, story time, field trips, holiday celebrations, and much more! MMaH is a great way to meet other moms who have chosen to make their children their focus while juggling the responsibilities of home, family, and sometimes outside work. It is a fun, energetic, and thoughtful group who share their loves, talents, and frustrations in order to make them stronger parents.
|Republican Women’s Club of Frederick County|
P.O. Box 3592
The purpose of the Republican Women’s Club of Frederick County is to empower and educate women to participate in the political process, and to learn about government and political affairs. They promote the Republican Party principles of freedom, equality, and justice. They encourage women to run for political office. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, usually at Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant in the Monocacy Village Shopping Center.
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
|Women in Defense Greater Frederick Chapter|
321 Ballenger Center Drive, Suite 200
The Greater Frederick Chapter of WID (Women in Defense) was established on October 13, 2006. The Bylaws provide guidance and policies to the chapter from the National WID organization, which is affiliated with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The vision of the Greater Frederick Chapter of Women in Defense (WID-GFC) is to provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote the role of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships between the local community and military bases, such as Fort Detrick. WID-GFC, a National Security Organization and affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) (http://wid.ndia.org) provides its members with opportunities for professional development, networking, and cultivating the advancement of women leaders in government and industry professions. Membership in WID is open to all professional women and men whose primary professional activities are related to national defense or any aspect of national security. Members represent large and small defense companies, all branches of the Armed Forces, federal government agencies, academia, and associations.
|Women’s Business Network of Frederick|
P.O. Box 3032
The Women’s Business Network of Frederick is an organization of women business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals who meet regularly to inform, encourage, and support women in their quest to grow their businesses. Meetings and events are about discovery, connection, knowledge sharing, and building relationships. There is no pressure to supply leads and no sales pitches.
The WBN has an annual paid membership, though all are invited to attend meetings (one of the advantages of membership is significant savings to attend WBN events). Lunch meetings with informative seminars are held in January, February, March, April, May, September, and November with special programs in June and October.
|Women’s Democratic League of Frederick County|
P.O. Box 104
The Women’s Democratic League (WDL) of Frederick County was founded by 200 newly franchised women on October 4, 1923. The underlying mission of the WDL is to educate and involve Democratic women in the political process and promote the election of Democratic candidates to public office. The WDL is also committed to community service, advancing women’s rights, and reaching out in support of organizations that provide for Frederick’s neediest citizens. WDL meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00p.m., preceded by a social hour starting at 6:00p.m. Visitors are always welcome.
|Zonta Club of Frederick|
P.O. Box 3896
Zonta Club of Frederick is part of Zonta International, a global organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta Club of Frederick was chartered in 1930. Locally it provides educational scholarships and funds, and/or hands-on service to agencies serving women in the community, e.g. Heartly House, Gale House, Salvation Army, Mission of Mercy, and Families Plus!. Internationally, it supports, through contributing funds, its scholarships for education and leadership development, including YWPA, Jane Kausman, Amelia Earhart Fellowships for graduate study in aerospace sciences, programs to prevent violence against women, and other international service programs to support, protect, and empower women in countries around the world. Funds for local and international projects are raised through a variety of fund-raisers, including the sale of prints of paintings by Miss Helen Smith, and an annual Fall fund-raiser with silent and live auction.
Membership in Zonta is by invitation. Women who are in a policy level position, own their own businesses, or are in one of the professions, who live in or work in the Frederick County area, and who support the mission of Zonta International are eligible to become members. Men are also eligible to become members if they support the goals and objectives of the organization.
|Last updated 06/08/2015|